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This Pro-Corbyn Group's Protest Against New Statesman Magazine Was Quite Something

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK

For those who don’t know, the New Statesman is a political magazine with progressive, left leanings. Around 35,000 print copies are sold each week, ...

This Pro-Corbyn Group's Protest Against New Statesman Magazine Was Quite Something

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK

For those who don’t know, the New Statesman is a political magazine with progressive, left leanings. Around 35,000 print copies are sold each week...

Wanted: An Actual Solution

William Davie | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Politics
William Davie

We know that Jeremy Corbyn tenure as Labour leader hasn't been the most spectacular one on record. We know that his media strategy is poor and we know some senior Labour MPs are looking to the lifeboats - or have already jumped into them - in case the 2020 election goes badly.

Let the Liberal Bastions Look Down Their Noses - Get Behind Clean for the Queen

Leon Spence | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

So with my rant finished I shall look forward to my weekend litter picking, because I want to make my village look a little nicer, and let those miserable columnists continue to look down their collective noses a little while longer too. I know who will be having the most fun, and doing something worthwhile in the process.

Private Polls Suggest Corbyn 'On Course To Win' Leadership Election

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is ahead by 15 points in the Labour leadership election, according to private polling witnessed by "The New Statesman." Corbyn, a last-m...

From the Budget to Sir Tim Hunt: Facts Must Prevail Over Narrative

David Browne | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

In an age of social media, where stories can go viral in much shorter spaces of time than before, one would think that it would become ever more important from an ethical point of view for stories to be contextualised and reported accurately.

Why Arming the Kurds Is the Only Option - Even for Anti-War Progressives in the West

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It isn't a contradiction to be anti-war and left-wing at the same time as being pro-Kurd and in favour of arming the Kurds. I have been a long-standing opponent of western military interventions in the Muslim-majority world, almost all of which - from Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 to Libya in 2011 - have resulted in civilian bloodshed and terrorist blowback. But I'm not a pacifist.

The Hand-Choppers of Isis Are Deluded: There Is Nothing Islamic About Their Caliphate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let me make a prediction. The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria will be totalitarian, won't be Islamic and, in the words of the former US state department spokesman Philip Crowley, "has as much chance of survival as an ice cream cone in the desert". By declaring statehood, Isis may have sown the seeds of its own destruction.

Rowan Williams Lambasts 'Marketisation Of Politics' With Opinion Polls And Televised Debates

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

A former archbishop of Canterbury has lambasted the "marketisation of politics" in Britain, blaming US Presidential-style televised debates and analys...

The Feminist Market: The Buying and Selling of Supposed Liberation

Gregor Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

What's needed isn't bestselling feminism, or even radical feminism, but an ethical humanism more radical than feminism. A movement that actually demands change of the existing cultures and tries to get every human to act towards it, rather than the sort of change that inspires people to buy a different brand of beauty product.

Forget 'Benefits Street' - When Will We Shame the Scroungers Lapping Up Corporate Welfare?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Why do we obsess over handouts for the poor, rather than handouts for the rich? Why isn't the scandal of corporate welfare the subject of fly-on-the-wall documentaries, too? When will my former colleagues at Channel 4 air a series called Bankers' Street?

Why It's Misguided to Treat the Eurozone Crisis as a Morality Tale About 'Lazy' Southerners

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

A break-up of the eurozone may be where we are headed if spending cuts take precedence over debt defaults and if the financial crisis continues to be cynically portrayed as a morality play. What the continent needs is a debt jubilee and a halt to austerity. Oh, and some solidarity. Otherwise, a second Great Depression beckons.

Russell Brand: 'I'm Not In Favour Of Death Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics

Russell Brand has defended his call for a revolution against the political system, insisting that he is, unsurprisingly, not in favour of death camps....

Russell Brand May Be Wrong - But Here's Why He's Right

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Arguing is good. It is essential. You might be wrong but you might eventually find that you're right. You might be misguided but you might take the debate to a more interesting place.

Russell Brand and Robert Webb: Two Comedians of Liberty

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

The appeal of Russell Brand's revolutionary ramblings lies in the paradox at the heart of this idea. Like every other ideology that came before it, negative liberty appears to transcend every other ideology.

Russell Brand Ought to Be Concealing His Pseudo-Intellect, Not Flaunting It

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Snell

It is genuinely hard work to decide - below the affected accent, and the lexicographical obfuscation (see what I did there?) - whether Brand is actually saying something worthwhile. In his interview with Jeremy Paxman, Brand managed to say very little.

We Could Fix Our Economy by Giving Every Man, Woman and Child £6,000 in Cash

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

We have had a massive £375billion of quantative easing so far, which may have saved the financial sector but has done very little for the rest of us. That amounts to around £6,000 per man, woman and child in the UK. So why not electronically add this to the current accounts of every member of the public? Why not give the QE money directly to ordinary people to spend, save or pay off their debts?

Brand: The Left Are Too 'Morally Superior' To Interest People

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

Frustration and anger at politicians and the Westminster village serves to turn ordinary people off politics altogether, rather than usher in the "rev...

Five Is the Magic Number for Rock Stars

David Atkinson | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Atkinson

Both GTA and the Arctic Monkeys have cleverly grown with their fans, knowing that standing still is the biggest mistake you can make. Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman quite rightly reminded us on the Today Programme that the average age of a gamer is now 30.

Why Do the Miliband Haters Carp and Groan? He's the Favourite - The Rest is Noise

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Labour's lead over the Tories just isn't big enough, says the party's doom-and-gloom brigade, and has often fallen below the six-point mark. So? As YouGov's Anthony Wells confirms, on a uniform swing and assuming the Liberal Democrats get 15 per cent of the vote, the Conservatives need a lead of seven points to secure a Commons majority, whereas Labour needs just two.

Whether We Like It or Not, The Settlers Have Won - The Two-State Solution Is Now Impossible

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It is now a matter of when, not if, the West Bank boils over into violent protests. All eyes are on events in Damascus, Cairo and Istanbul while Israel continues to oversee the long­est military occupation in the world, 46 years and counting.

'You Can Never Out Swivel-Eye The Swivel-Eyed'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics

Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, has given an impassioned interview in which he attacks... well everyone really. He cuts David Cameron no sla...

Extremists Point to Western Foreign Policy to Explain Their Acts. Why Do We Ignore Them?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In the vexed discussion about extremism and radicalisation, foreign policy is the issue that dare not speak its name. Our leaders zealously police the parameters of the debate, pre-emptively warning off those who might dare connect the dots between wars abroad and terror at home.

Archbishop, Take a Page From the Book of Bono

Richard Taylor | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Taylor

I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in listening to the head of the Church of England pontificate about banking - I find it totally bizarre! It's like listening to George Osborne's view on wild trout fishing or Abu Qatada's view on last week's episode of Made in Chelsea (For the record, he thought it was 'totes amazing' but also kind of wishes a plague on both their houses).

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Rejects Austerity

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 19 April 2013... 1) ED REJECTS AUSTERITY In recent days, Tony Blair and his allies have been sounding ...